The Swedish Young Pirates had their annual member congress in April, on which they elected a new board, as well as new politics on areas such as immigration, marriage rights, voting age, environment, and other.
A new service has been launched in Sweden, covering any fines served in filesharing lawsuits against the user. For a €25 annual fee, the user is protected in any coming lawsuit for copyright infringment.
While dozens of Pirate Parties throughout the world agree on the most fundamental positions concerning copyright reform, patents, surveillance and government transparency, many parties have started broadening into other areas. These topics are sometimes more obvious extensions to the existing politics – open access, IT use in government, et cetera – but sometimes cover more controversial issues, often unique for each nation or region, and outlandish in the view of another party.
Today,19 Ferbuary 2013, the Pirate Party Pirate Party of Sweden reported that it received a letter from the Rights Alliance on account of the party supplying The Pirate Bay with Internet access.
In mid-November 2012, around fifty Young Pirates came to the Swedish town of Norrköping for a two-day political conference with focus on mental health and labour market politics. The purpose of the conference was to stimulate discussion and debate among the members, and to encourage and motivate members to develop politics in these areas. Apart from the discussions, the conference also saw four different speakers.
On a recent event arranged by the East Sweden chapter of Young Pirates, Pirate Times has been awarded the “Pirate Blogger of the Year” prize.
The Swedish Pirate Party finished their annual fall meeting Sunday, after over a month focusing on broadening the party platform. Among the approved motions were decriminalising narcotics for personal use, separation of church and state, and increased transparency in research.
Bildombudsmannen is well known in Swedish Pirate circles for contacting websites concerning copyright infringment, and threatening to sue them if they don’t pay an invoice. Recently they targeted a blog editor, but this time with a tactic not previously known – using the editor’s membership in the Swedish Pirate Party as evidence of guilt.
The European Parliament has long been criticized for a lack of transparency, both in the drafting and decision making, as well as in the chances it leaves for citizens to understand how the parliament really works. In an attempt to increase the transparency, MEP Amelia Andersdotter from the Swedish Pirate Party has started a series of documentary webisodes, that recently started its second season.
Swedish hosting company PRQ were raided October 1, causing a shutdown of up to 50 file sharing sites. As a result, the member count of the Swedish Pirate Party increased rapidly, almost doubling in just two weeks.